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5. Check for outdoor fire hazards. Walk around your property with an eye to fire safety. Make sure your grill is a safe distance from your home’s siding, and trim back any plantings that could get caught in flames from the grill. If you live in an area that’s prone to summer wildfires, be sure to keep bushes trimmed back, and do not store piles of dry brush or other highly flammable material in your yard. Consult your local fire department for advice specific to your region.
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7. Check irrigation systems. Walk around your yard while your irrigation system is on and check to make sure the entire line is working. If you are using an automatic timer, be sure to go check the first day to make sure the water is turning on and off when it is supposed to. If you do not yet have an irrigation system, consider adding one — it can save a great deal of water and make caring for your yard much easier.